I just finished listening to The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood, which has been on my mental “to read” list since it was published. I love the audio version and can easily see myself restricting my listening to British novels since I am in love with the accents (one strong perk of listening to Bindi Babes on audio which was fun). In this story (which continues with at least 2 sequels I am looking forward to reading-since they are not available on audio!) the orphaned Widge finds himself stuck between gaining and keeping a real family of friends and trying not to get murdered by his master’s henchman, Falconer. I love this story for it’s historical elements as well as the intrigue and adventure. Widge is a great character, actually everyone in the book is well developed and interesting, but you just really fall in love with Widge who has had such a dismal life and is finally learning what friendship and honor are all about.
~posted by April